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Screenshot of the original NEC PC-8801 version of Hydlide.
Basic Information
T&E Soft
T&E Soft, FCI
Action, RPG, Open-world
NEC PC-6001, NEC PC-8801, MSX, MSX2, Fujitsu FM-7, NEC PC-9801, Sharp X1, Family Computer and NES
General Features
European Union European Release
CanadaUnited StatesMexico North American Release
Nintendo Entertainment System
Japan Japanese Release
NEC PC-8801
December 131984[1]

NEC PC-6001

Fujitsu FM-7
May 1985

NEC PC-9801
November 1985

MSX and MSX2

Family Computer
March 181986
Awards | Changelog | Cheats | Codes | Codex
Compatibility | Covers | Credits | DLC | Help
Localization | Manifest | Patches | Ratings
Reviews | Screenshots | Soundtrack
Videos | Walkthrough

Hydlide (ハイドライド, Haidoraido?) is a 1984 action role-playing video game developed and published by T&E Soft. It was originally released for the NEC PC-6001 and NEC PC-8801 computer in 1984.[2]

Hydlide was the first fully-scaled open-world RPG. It was also the first open-world action RPG.

Legacy[edit | edit source]

Hydlide was one of the first action role-playing video games, and one of the earliest Japanese role-playing video games.[2] The recharging health mechanic first introduced by Hydlide in 1984 would, decades later, become a common mechanic widely used in many video games,[3] particularly contemporary shooter games.[4][5]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Hydlide (PC88). Retrieved on 2015-01-14
  2. 2.0 2.1 Kurt Kalata & Robert Greene. Hydlide. Hardcore Gaming 101. Retrieved on 2011-05-01
  3. Szczepaniak, John (7 July 2011). "Falcom: Legacy of Ys". GamesTM (111): 152–159 [153]. Retrieved 2011-09-07.  (cf. Szczepaniak, John (July 8, 2011). History of Ys interviews. Hardcore Gaming 101. Retrieved on 6 September 2011)